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Improving Pedestrian Safety

By Kristine Uyeno

WAIANAE (KHNL) - It's been a deadly year on Oahu roads.

There's been a lot of talk to improve pedestrian safety.

Next week, crews will be working along Farrington Highway in Makaha and make their way towards Nanakuli.

Transportation officials say it's a community that has seen many accidents and fatalities, something they hope will change.

They will restripe faded crosswalks in that area.

Workers will also paint pavement, marking messages to notify drivers of pedestrian crossings ahead.

Crews will move intersection stop lines further back from certain crosswalks to give drivers more reaction time.

Drivers say this roadwork is long overdue.

"And sometimes we get the beachgoers, they're parked all over here, and then you got beachgoers that just run out in the street, constantly, and it's something that needs to be done over here," said Cheryl Denno, resident.

Eleven people have died on Oahu's roads this year.

Most have been senior citizens.

Recently, officials amended a crosswalk law in which violators face heftier fines and could possibly lose their driver's license.

Roadwork on Farrington will run about six weeks. So if you're driving along the Waianae Coast, you're asked to use caution.

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